Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Oct 9:
Mumbai-based model and television serial producer Preeti Bhatia was interrogated for six hours in two phases by the CBI in connection with the Odisha chit fund scam today. This is the fourth time in 18 days that she was summoned by the central investigation agency .
After a three-hour grilling in the morning, Preeti told newsmen waiting outside the CBI office that she had nothing to do with any scam.
When asked if there is any truth in reports that she had taken Rs 4 crore from the Artha Tatwa Group she said ” I am not involved in any stupid chit (fund) scam.”
However, she chose to walk away when asked why she was then being repeatedly summoned by the CBI.
Bhatia reached the CBI office here along with her mother and her advocate today around 10.30 am and is being quizzed by the officials of the investigating agency over her alleged links with the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group and its CMD Pradeep Sethy, sources said.
Preeti was once again questioned for three hours between 4.30 and 7.30 PM.
It may be mentioned here that the CBI, during the course of its investigation into the financial fraud by the AT Group, had found strong business links between Bhatia and Sethy. That explains why she is being subjected to intensive interrogation, sources said, adding, the investigators hope to be able to extract some crucial information that can help them with the money trail as also AT Group’s links with ‘bigwigs’.
Preeti has produced some documents before the Central agency related to her business links with the AT group, the sources added.
She had appeared before the CBI on Wednesday and earlier on September 23 and 25. She had been accompanied by her mother on two occasions while she had come alone once.
Sources in the CBI said that Preeti Bhatia, Pradeep Sethy and Indu Dewan were directors in a company called Prism Heights Films & Entertainment Private Limited which had its registered office at Santa Cruz (West) area in Mumbai.
The CBI had raided Bhatia’s house in Mumbai on August 16.